2014 Commit #9 – Kerry Thomas
And the class continues to grow. Today UTSA locked up a second receiver for their 2014 class with the pledge of A&M Consolidated standout Kerry Thomas. The 6’1″, 192 lb receiver has played just two years of football as he decided to make the switch over from basketball in his junior year. Thomas showed tremendous growth in his second year of football. His athleticism and lack of experience give him an extremely high upside; in fact, his coach who has coached four NFL receivers said that Thomas is on the same level. Kerry totaled 1,348 yards on 98 receptions in his senior season, good for 16 touchdowns and an honorable mention for All-State accolades in 5A.
For someone that has practiced the trade for just two years, Thomas is dangerously technical in his approach at wide receiver. A&M Consolidated must have a guru of a receivers coach because Thomas’ ability to generate separation with his cuts is nearly unheard of for a player as inexperienced as he is. Kerry’s basketball background certainly helps him in running routes, as the quick feet shuffling one uses to roll off of a screen or to side-step a defender in the paint is very similar to the technique one would use to break off a defender on a double move or bust down a hitch route. Thomas also impresses with his sure hands and body control. He doesn’t have the quick burst that can turn a bubble screen into a 70 yard touchdown, but he does show enough straight-ahead speed to be an effective homerun threat mostly thanks to his ability to beat defenders over the ball with his physicality and the fluidity of his route-running motion.
Now that I’ve mentioned the “p” word (no, not that one), let’s talk about physicality. Thomas reports a 245 pound bench press and a 410 pound squat on his Hudl profile. Pretty damn good for a high school receiver. Kerry displays that strength in his highlight film as he decimates 5A competition with his blocking, both on the sideline and on crack-back blocks. In this respect, Kerry reminds me of current Roadrunner Marcellus Mack who is probably the strongest receiver on the squad and the best blocker. Both athletes lock their defenders out of plays once they get their hands inside the defender’s shoulders, if they haven’t already knocked the defender to the turf at first contact. Fortunately for future UTSA quarterbacks, Thomas also shows clean breaks and strong hands on par with Brandon Freeman. I am very serious when I say that Thomas could end up being the best receiver UTSA has ever had.
It will be interesting to see if UTSA cuts off recruiting at the receiver position now. The Roadrunner offense needs a guy with blazing speed to stretch the field and turn the corner on jet sweeps. I don’t think either John Cole Neph or Kerry Thomas are that guy. UTSA is reportedly leading for Greg Campbell who certainly has that type of speed. Will Coach Coker take three receivers in this small recruiting class? It is a very tough call since the position will lose every contributor but Kenny Bias, Aaron Grubb, and Aron Taylor after the 2014 season.
Kerry Thomas Hudl link
2014 UTSA Commitments
Blake Bogenschutz QB – Carthage HS (6’0”, 175, 4.64)
Tank Kelly ATH – Galena Park HS (5’10”, 180, 4.46)
Kevin Strong DT – Cleveland HS (6’2”, 280, 5.1)
Cameron Oliver TE – Owasso (OK) (6’4”, 235)
John Cole Neph WR – Owasso (OK) (6’5”, 205, 4.73)
David Anzaldua OT – North Edinburgh HS (6’7”, 320, 5.1)
Jared McGee FS – Mansfield Legacy HS (6’1”, 190, 4.58)
Travin Howard SS – Longview HS (6’0”, 190, 4.54)
- Kerry Thomas WR – A&M Consolidated HS (6’1”, 192)
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter